Misconduct for stricter action of EXCLUSIVE Tennis-ATP warns

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MUMBAI, April 4 (Reuters) – Tennis officials will seek out-of-court misconduct for stricter claims, an ATP warned players on an internal note Monday as the men’s governing body also reviewed its guidelines to clamp down on repeat offenders.

Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios was fined $ 60,000 for a series of angry outbursts at the Indian Wells and Miami Open events, with many observers saying he should have been disqualified.

German Alexander Zverev was thrown out of a tournament in Acapulco in February after smashing his racket repeatedly against the umpire’s chair following a doubles defeat.

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“Effective immediately and as we head into the clay court swing, the ATP officiating team has been directed to take a stricter stance on the Code of Conduct of Judicial Violations,” ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a note.

“Additionally, we are also undertaking a review of the Code, as well as the disciplinary process, to ensure that it provides appropriate and up-to-date penalties for serious violations and repeat offenders.”

Kyrgios was fined $ 35,000 after his fourth-round loss to Jannik Sinner at the Miami Open which he criticized for his umpire and smashed his racket.

The incident follows an outburst of Indian Wells where Kyrgios lost his temper to Rafa Nadal, smashing his racket to the ground, which then bounced up and almost hit a ball boy. He was fined $ 25,000 for it.

The Australian earned over $ 350,000 in prize-money after two tournaments in both singles and doubles.

Olympic singles champion Zverev was handed his expletive-filled Acapulco tantrum for a suspended eight-week ban.

The ATP came under fire for what many pundits and fans have come to understand from the governing body and the note that Gaudenzi told the players “we all have a role to play and uphold the reputation and integrity of our sport”.

“The first three months of the season have seen high-profile cases of unsportsmanlike behavior,” Gaudenzi, a former Italian professional player, added.

“This is our sport on the shine of a bad light. This behavior affects everyone, and sends the wrong message to our fans, especially young fans.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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